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Many MBA applicants shudder at the mention of Harvard Business School (No. 3 in BusinessWeek's 2002 B-school rankings). The Ivy League school has long been among the most selective of U.S. B-schools, accepting just 12% of the 8,500 applicants to the MBA program in 2003.

To help demystify Harvard's application process, we've invited Brit Dewey, managing director of MBA admissions and financial aid, to field your questions. In a live chat on Thursday, Sept. 23, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST, she'll talk about how she selects each class of MBAs and how to pay for the degree.

Dewey may lend a sympathetic ear, since she was once an applicant to HBS. She graduated from Harvard in 1996, worked for strategy-consulting firm Bain & Co. in Boston, and returned to campus in 1997 to hold a variety of positions before taking over admissions in June, 2001. Prior to HBS, Dewey worked at investment bank Goldman Sachs.

Two current Harvard MBA students (one from the U.S. and one from abroad) will also be online to tell you about the day-to-day demands of B-school and about life on a leafy New England campus.

Your co-hosts for this event will be Jack Dierdorff (BWJack), consulting editor of BusinessWeek Online and former managing editor of the magazine, and Mica Schneider (MicaBW), BW Online's reporter covering management education.

Hope to see you there!

BusinessWeek Online rotates chat days and times so that everyone has a chance to tune in. If you can't attend a live event, you can send Mica Schneider questions for the guest in advance, and she'll try to pose as many as she can. Please use the subject line "Harvard Chat". Or, you may simply read the transcript that we post afterward.

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